Joseph Earp is currently serving at Limestone University (Gaffney, South Carolina) as Director of Athletic Bands. Prior to Limestone, Mr. Earp served as Director of Bands at Cox Mill High School (Concord, North Carolina) from 2009-2017 as the founding band director.
The “Spirit of Cox Mill” Band program has earned many superior ratings and awards. Some of the major accomplishments of the Cox Mill program under Mr. Earp’s baton include:
- Symphonic band’s first grade six superior and appearance during the 3rd year of the school’s opening.
- Marching band earning its’ first grand champion in the 2nd year of the program.
- Marching band appearing in a nationally televised commercial for SHOWTIME for the hit series HOMELAND.
- Marching band competing in its‘ first Bands of America Super Regional (2013).
- Symphonic band performing for the 2013 North Carolina Music Educators State Conference.
- Competing with the marching band, symphonic band, concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and winter guard in Disney World’s Festival Disney (2011, 2015 and 2017).
- Earning top placements and ratings and sweeping the areas of concert band, jazz band and percussion ensemble at the Williamsburg, Virginia – Music in the Parks (2013).
- Earning consistent superior ratings with all of the concert, jazz and percussion ensembles at the Carowinds Festival of Music (numerous years).
- The spring of 2016 marked the first superior rating earned from the Cox Mill Wind Ensemble at the masterwork level with their performance of Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.
Mr. Earp has also taught at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools (North Carolina), Seneca High School (South Carolina) and Explore! beyond school (North Carolina). As an active composer, he has been commissioned on several occasions, including band works for middle and high school ensembles, honor bands and brass choir. Some of the commissions of Mr. Earp’s work have come from Chris White (Hickory Ridge Holiday), Blair Smith (Coastal Fanfare, Mustangs Rebel the Knight of Wolves and Stone Mountain Fanfare), Dave Silden (The Nobles of Queen City), Kevin Townsend (WE ARE BRAVE! – Concert March) and Steve Petrucci (Among the Vikings and the Cast Iron Sixth). Hickory Ridge Holiday is the first composition of Mr. Earp to be performed internationally as part of the Hickory Ridge Wind Ensemble’s Performance Tour in China (2018). In addition to composition, Mr. Earp has arranged many works for marching band and small ensembles.
He earned his Master of Music in Music Education from Anderson University (South Carolina – 2017). Mr. Earp also earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from UNC Charlotte (North Carolina - 2006). During his time at UNC Charlotte he studied trombone with Dr. Royce Lumpkin (former Music Department Chair – Retired) and conducting with Dr. Laurence Marks (former Director of Bands - Retired). He was selected to serve as student conductor for the UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble during his semester prior to student teaching. Mr. Earp is also a proud graduate of West Caldwell High School (Class of 2002 - Lenoir, North Carolina)
In 2012, Robinson Suite was Mr. Earp’s first published composition by BKJ Publications. Mr. Earp served on the South-Central District Bandmasters Association executive board (North Carolina) from 2015-2017 as high school member at large. During the fall of 2017, Mr. Earp signed a contract for publication of his concert band music by RWS Music Company (Robert W. Smith, President and CEO) distributed by C. L. Barnhouse.
(Distributed by C. L. Barnhouse)
2020 WE ARE BRAVE (Concert Band) – BKJ Publications
2020 Stone Mountain Fanfare (Concert Band) – BKJ Publications
2019 Where the Wild Things Dance (Concert Band) – RWS Music Company
(Distributed by C. L. Barnhouse)
Selected for the 2019 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Series and winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Contest (Thornton, Colorado).
2019 Hatsuhi Sunrise (Percussion Ensemble) – RWS Music Company (Distributed by C. L. Barnhouse)
2018 Ever the Rambling Winds (Concert Band) – RWS Music Company (Distributed by C. L. Barnhouse)
2013 LENOIR “remember the bearcats…” (Concert Band) – BKJ Publications
2013 from a distance… (Concert Band) - BKJ Publications
2012 Robinson Suite (Concert Band) – BKJ Publications
Winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest (Missouri).
Awards and Recognitions
2020 UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Recipient (North Carolina)
- Demonstrated core themes of the college’s vision: professionalism; global perspective; environmental engagement; connectivity with community; collaboration; and the emergence of new ideas, skills, and practices.
2019 Where the Wild Things Dance for Concert Band
- Selected to be included in J. W. Pepper’s 2019 Editors’ Choice Catalog
2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest Winner (Colorado)
- Original composition for concert band was selected to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Thornton Community Band
2014 Loving Lenoir Award (City of Lenoir, North Carolina)
- Continuing to share and honor the historical importance of the famous Lenoir High School Band
2012 Outstanding Teacher Award (Cox Mill High School – Concord, North Carolina)
- Selected based on demonstrated effective teaching practices and dedication to student learning
2010 Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest (Missouri)
- Original composition was selected by the contest sponsor, Phi Beta Mu (Lambda Chapter)
2009 UNC Charlotte Alumni Achievement Award (North Carolina)
- Selected based on crafting a composition that was selected to win the Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest
2002 John Philip Sousa Award (West Caldwell High School – Lenoir, North Carolina)
- Selected for superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation
Mr. Earp is a proud member of NAfME, NCMEA, SCMEA, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and ASCAP. He is also an active clinician, adjudicator and commissioned composer.
Joseph resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife, Mary Beth, and sons, Jackson and Jasper.
- Director of Athletic Bands